Thursday, June 30, 2011

Boxes of Cinnamon

Upon reading Brian's Home recently, I discovered that today is the third annual International Box Day,via Zoolatry.

Since I don't have a cat, and Kelly isn't much interested in boxes (unless they have food inside) I was just going to sit back and enjoy the other posts.

But then, my daughter shared these photos of her kitty Cinnamon, and I knew that I had to join the fun. So, here is Cinnamon!
In the first photo she is enjoying a recently emptied box-den.

In the second photo, she has knocked over a box to create the perfect little Cinnamon-sized comfy spot.

Happy International Box Day!
Check out more cats in boxes on Cat Blogosphere.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! This is Sonny. He's smiling because...

* The first rescue dogs are arriving at the former home of Michael Vick, which is now a dog rescue facility thanks to the rescue group Dogs Deserve Better.

* ABC news brings us the story of Naki'o, the bionic dog with four prothetic paws. Naki'o is running and playing, and adjusting well after losing his paws to frostbite.

* In other medical news, Sugar, the cocker spaniel mix who was paralyzed in the Joplin tornado, is improving after surgery and her family is hopeful she'll regain full use of her legs.

* Oregon Live, a new dog sport called K9 Nose Work sounds like fun for dogs!

* From the Baltimore Sun, tips that can help dogs afraid of fireworks. Two interesting solutions: Anxiety Wrap and Calming Cap.

Is your dog afraid of fireworks? Would your dog excel at K9 Nose Work? What do you think of the advances in medicine that can help injured dogs in new ways?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Frankie the Walk 'n Roll Dog Coloring and Paper Doll Activity Book

I've been in love with Frankie the walk 'n roll dog ever since I met the adorable dachshund on her blog. She's the epitome of the little dog who can! Frankie suffered from a spinal injury and was custom-fitted for a special wheelchair. Her mom, Barbara Techel, has a passion for bringing a positive face and voice to animals with disabilities.

Barbara is author of four books: Frankie the walk 'n roll dog; Frankie the walk 'n roll dog Activity Book Frankie the walk 'n roll therapy dog Visits Libby's House; and her newest release, Frankie the walk 'n roll dog Coloring and Paper Doll Activity Book.

This new coloring book is full of big beautiful, bold illustrations to color, along with the story of Frankie and her PAWsitive attitude. Some of the pages contain photographs of Frankie, with frames and backgrounds to color. In addition, there is an adorable Frankie paper doll--uh, paper dog, with sweaters, hats and bandanas!

This book is a perfect gift for any child. While they are coloring and playing, they will be learning a valuable lesson about CAPabilities, lessons that they can apply to both animals and people. If you have a special child in your life, I hope you'll rush right out (or just click away) and give them a copy of this wonderful book.

Book Synopsis:

Frankie the walk 'n roll dog
A PAWSitive Coloring and Paper Doll Activity Book

Three Books In One!

It's a story book based on my award-winning book, Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog (shorter, condensed version- perfect for younger children), pages to color along to the story, plus real photos of Frankie, and to top it off, a Frankie Paper Doll (dog) complete with her wheelchair to cut out, along with many of her favorite outfits you can dress her in. 52 pages of fun and inspiration!

*This week, a portion of proceeds of sales will go to Dodgerslist, an organization that helps pet parents whose pets have been diagnosed with IVDD (like Frankie has).

You can also buy Frankie the walk 'n roll dog coloring and paper doll activity book on Amazon!

Barbara's Frankie the walk 'n roll dog books have received National Best Book for children's picturebook, Merial Human-Animal Bond award, Editor's Choice from Allbooks Review, Indie Excellence finalist and Indie Excellence winner.
Be sure to visit Barbara and Frankie's website Joyful Paws.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Adopt a Cat Month Poem and Hop

It's Adopt a Cat Month Blog Hop! Thank you to afFURmation for putting this blog hop together!

In honor of Adopt a cat Month, I've written this poem:

Would you like to adopt a tiny cat?

Or one who's kind of fat?

Or do these cats make your heart go pitter pat?

Do you like a cat with flowing hair?

Looks like a bear?

Or needs special care?

(Curley is blind in one eye.)

Adopt a cat, I think you'll like it if you try.

If you are looking for other ways to promote Adopt A Cat Month, Visit Petfinder- June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat-Month.

Join the Adopt a Cat Blog Hop! To participate you just need to:

1. Write a post on cat adoption- you can feature cats looking for homes, share a Happy Tail about adoption, give tips about adding a new cat- anything cat adoption related is fine.
2. Add the Adopt A Cat Month Badge to your post or sidebar.
3. Add your link to the hop, below. Also, if you want you can grab the linky code.
4. Be sure to visit other blogs in the hop!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Doing Nothing

Paws for Thought (from Calvin and Pooh):

* There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

* Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dogs in the Office

Not every dog is lucky enough to be able to go to work with mom or dad, however some have the opportunity today, Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Dogs in the workplace help:
· foster a calmer work environment.
· reduce stress.
· contribute to increased worker productivity.

Here is one cute dog, Teddy, who shows everyone just how to relax in the office.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

* Join the Million Heart Challenge to benefit canine heart disease research, and maybe win a trip too! PRNewswire brings you the details.

* Fox news reports that San Francisco is considering a ban on goldfish. The reason? "Inhumane suffering of the fish" and the way the fish are harvested.

* Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day, but the Washington Post reports on one office dog--Bean, the Shih Tzu--who was given his pink slip after a year of faithful service.

* From Huff Post, a Massachusetts family happily found all 7 of their pet cats alive after a tornado destroyed their home.

What about you? Are you going to take your dog to work Friday? What do you think of the goldfish ban? And Kelly wants to know if you'd like to come play in the ferns with her!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Kelly's good luck

What's more fun than getting prizes in the mail?!
First, I am thrilled to have won third place in FIDO Friendly magazine's Leave No Dog Behind writing contest. The theme was on traveling with your pet, and I wrote about taking our dalmatian puppy on our honeymoon! In addition to an awesome trip to Baltimore MD, check out these cool prizes I won:

Pet Zen travel bowl and bottle (above) and this Pet Zen Dog to Go Hitch N' Leash.

Then, I won a coupon for a free bag of Organix dog food in All Things Dog blog's random drawing. Look at all the goodies that came along with the coupon! Thank you!

I hope you do well in the contests you enter. Go ahead, rub the top of Kelly's head for luck!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day weekend

Paws for Thought:

"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be."

Happy Father's Day!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Cool Breeze for your dog

How does your dog handle the heat? Kelly, who is nearly 10 now, doesn't do so well. She has a few cool hiding spots like behind the recliner and under the table on the porch. So recently, when we were asked to review a product from In Style Dog, a shopping site with modern, stylish and luxury dog beds, furniture and accessories, we chose the Cool Breeze by K&H.

Cool Breeze is a dog platform/chair/bed, supported on a frame that unfolds like those handy portable chairs you take with you to parks and baseball games. In fact, it all folds up neatly into it's own carrying sleeve. The elevated bed is great. Kelly's always jumping up on the furniture, so why not give her something of her own to jump up onto?

The fabric is super strong, featuring the "award winning Cool Bed, which utilizes a unique central core that diverts liquid, cooling the pad from the inside out." All you do is fill the reservoir with water. The result is a squishy, gel-like, cool surface for reclining. Ahhhhh.

The cover is pretty heavy once you fill it with water. I was worried that the legs would collapse under the weight, but they were plenty strong to hold it up, and 36 lb. Kelly as well. Cool Breeze comes in 3 sizes, regular, medium and large. Kelly is enjoying the medium.

I've also laid the Cool Breeze on the floor and Kelly has curled up on that without the frame. Everything about this product, and the prompt and friendly service from In Style Dogs, was excellent. Kelly gives Cool Breeze 4 paws way up! (Some day I'm going to have to tray to take a picture of her with all four paws up!) In Style Dog also offers Breezy Bunk, which is a similar doggy hammock, with a soft covering instead of the Cool Bed.

*One more thing: In Style Dog offers readers of this blog a 5% discount on all ISD items! Just type in the code bppp when you check out!

Disclosure: We were provided with this product in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

* If you have to board your pet while on vacation, you'd love the Best Friends Pet Resort near Orlando, Florida. The Boston reports on the amenities, including tuck in service, ice cream, and a bedtime story. In deluxe suites, flat screen TVs play movies, such as Lady and the Tramp.

* And, what about TV watching? Pscychology Today discusses: Do dogs understand what they see on TV? For Kelly, the answer seems to be no. She rarely gives any attention to the pictures or sounds, even a dog barking. What about your dog?

* I'll leave you with this adorable video. At first it looks like a boy playing with an otter. But just wait! About halfway through, the boy abruptly changes direction, and then it becomes quite clear just who is chasing who!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tony Award for Theatrical Animal Trainer

Last night theatrical animal trainer Bill Berloni was presented the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater.

One of the highlights of my years so far writing for Guideposts magazine was interviewing Bill Berloni and watching him work with animals in NYC. Listening to his story of discovering the adorably scruffy pound pooch who became the original Sandy on the Broadway was enough to make me a huge fan. But, add to that Bill's dedication to rescue work, and I was truly impressed.

Berloni trains dogs for movies, television, commercials and Broadway shows such as Annie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Legally Blonde. Once a show's run ends, Berloni's stars live a wonderful life with him on his farm in Connecticut. Currently,he keeps about 40 animals there.

As behavior consultant to the Humane Society of New York, he works with potential adopters to ensure they and the pet are well-matched and that the pet will have a happy and healthy new home.

According to the East Haddam-Haddam (CT) Patch, Bill Berloni commented, "I'm getting this award for excellence in theater through my work with animals. It's not hard to be excellent when I work with those who have an absolute absence of malice, are forgiving and enjoy working in the moment."

Congrats to Bill Berloni on this well-deserved award.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Kelly and Dr. Seuss

Paws for Thought:

June is a busy month full of graduations, weddings, birthdays, Father's Day and more. In honor of all these special people, here are some words from the immortal Dr. Seuss:
"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Fishing Game

Filed simultaneously under "What will they think of next?" and "The cutest cat video ever!"
This is David's cat Dash, playing The Fishing Game.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Stylish new Kelly

Pet bloggers are the best! The other day I posted a picture of Kelly that showed off a tag hanging from her collar. Well, Karen Friesecke from Doggie Sylish noticed the picture, and thought that Kelly's collar was a bit rough around the edges. And that just wouldn't do for a posh pup like Kelly. A few days later we received a beautiful, brand new collar in the mail!

Karen makes really cool collars and leashes for all size dogs. Her handsome spokesdog Jersey helps test the products to make sure they're strong and comfortable.

And they are! Kelly's new collar is soft and flexible, with rugged hardware so it won't come unbuckled when Kelly tugs at the leash as I'm standing on the corner talking to a neighbor. And, the green striped ribbon pattern is just right for an Irish girl like Kelly. It compliments her sable fur nicely, don't you think?

We are so delighted with Kelly's new collar. Thank you Karen! If you kindness and generosity are an indication of your business practices, we'll be over shopping at Doggie Stylish a lot!

You should check out the great collars she offers. And while you're at it, check out Doggie Stylish blog, too!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Meet a dog I met this weekend, Fozzie Bear! He likes to ride around in his mom and dad's golf cart.

* Catster brings you the cutest cat in the world. I agree!

* Here is a great list from Dr. Shawn Finch, DVM on Life with Dogs blog, about pet health including:

--- Feeding your dogs well will enhance and extend their lives more than any other thing I can imagine.

--- Dogs will not always stop playing when they are tired. They will not always come out of the heat or the cold. They do not know how to safely cross the street or balance in the back of a pickup truck. They need us to protect them.

--- Puppy mills are the scourge of the dog world.

See the entire list for more. I agree with every word.

* I Still Want More Puppies highlights yet another frustratingly depressing story about dogs in hot cars, and asks, "when will it stop?"

* Check out these photos from International Business Times of the Imperial Beach, California surf dog competition. 50 dogs competed, including Bulldogs, Border Collie, Pug, Pomeranian, and more.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hound of the Book Review- A Pug's Tale

Welcome to today's Hound of the Book Reviews!

A Pug's Tale
by Alison Pace (Berkley Trade Paperback (c) 2011)
This charming tale of intrigue and friendship is a sequel to Pace's acclaimed novel, Pug Hill.

I love fiction and I love dogs, so I am constantly searching for smart, clever, and witty "doglit". And I've found it here with A Pug's Tale! How could I resist the opening scene of some fifty pugs running around in the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Elegant ladies, society's finest, trays of champagne, pugs...and a reflecting pool. Need I say more? And then, there's the element of mystery, as a famous Pansies painting disappears from the museum.

The main character, museum worker Hope McNeill, is engaging and funny, faithfully smuggling her canine companion Max in to work every day. (Don't we all wish we could do that?!)

Of course the star of the book must be the dog, and Max the pug won't disappoint. He's sometimes lazy, sometimes naughty. He creates havoc at the swanky gala. But he is also keenly intuitive. A certain painting captures his interest and he is drawn to it as if "by some powerful pug siren song." This is a dog you'll want to meet.

A Pug's Tale is a fun and friendly combination of intelligent single woman, bring your dog to work day, art museum misadventures, and of course, pugs!

Alison Pace is the author of the novels Pug Hill, If Andy Warhol Had a Girlfriend, Through Thick and Thin and City Dog. She lives in New York City with her extremely cool dog.

You can find A Pug's Tale on amazon or wherever your favorite books are sold.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The Lawnmower is Broken

Paws for Thought:

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

Friday, June 3, 2011

Neater Feeder

Kelly doesn't have the neatest table manners. She scatters kibble with enthusiastic dining, and slobbers her water. So, when I was asked to review the Neater Feeder, I thought it was a product we could really, uhhh, sink our teeth into.

Neater Feeder is an award-winning pet feeding system for dogs and cats, designed to take the mess out of mealtime. It contains spills and splashes, and separates spilled food from spilled water. The water drains into a reservoir to keep floors nice and dry.

The Neater Feeder was easy to assemble. We set it up, added food and water and left the rest up to Kelly. At first, she was hesitant to try it out. The feeder is deep, with high sides. For some dogs, putting their face down into the feeder may be upsetting. I put a treat in the food bowl and left Kelly alone. It didn't take her too long to grab the treat and run. She was more hesitant to eat her food out of the feeder but after several days she got used to it.

*Keeps eating area neat and dry
*Protects floors
*Easy to assemble
*Optional legs (included) can elevate food bowls if desired
*Delivers on just what it promises--contains food and water spills

*Some dogs may not like the closed-in feeling of the feeder

*Attractiveness?? It is a bit large and clunky looking, but depending upon where you put your dog's food bowls, that may not bother you at all.

I would definitely recommend the Neater Feeder to anyone looking for a solution to messy mealtimes and slippery kitchen floors. Find out more on Neater Feeder website, or connect with Neater Feeder on Facebook.

Is messy mealtime a problem in your home? What are your solutions?

*Full disclosure: I received a free Neater Feeder in exchange for my honest opinions in this blog post.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dogs know how to Love

*In Memory of my friend BJ's dog Rex, who went over the Rainbow Bridge 5/30/11.

A friend brought the following story to my attention. Whether it is true (it's been around the internet for a few years) or just a legend, it is still a sweet thought and I hope it brings a little comfort to all who have lost a beloved pet.

The veterinarian examined a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. But Belker was dying of cancer. Sadly, the vet told the family she couldn't do anything for Belker, and they all agreed that the time had come to perform the euthanasia procedure on the old dog.

The next day, she felt the familiar catch in her throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Young Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that she wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. They all sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than humans lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why".

Startled, they all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned them. She'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He commented that people are born to learn how to live a good life, "like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The boy continued, "Well dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay around as long."

BJ, I know nothing will take away missing Rex, but I hope this helps ease the sting a little bit.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Happy June! Here is my daughter's cat, Cinnamon. She wants to go along on a trip.

*This is fun. Interior design buff Kim, of the blog Desire to Inspire, creates a fun post, Pets On Furniture. Check out the photos or maybe submit one of your own.

*Liz Palika writes a well-stated comment about The Pets I Cannot Save on Pet Connection.

*Celebs with pugs. Check it out on Dogtipper.

*Here, from Buzzfeed, are 20 cats with towels.

*Finally, don't forget to stop over at my new Facebook page, Dieting with my Dog and find community for health and fitness challenges and successes (for you and your pudgy pup!)